Raipur: The third phase for Covid-19 vaccination for people of 18 to 45 years of age group will commence in Chhattisgarh from May 1 at limited centers. Under this priority will be given to poor people holding Antyodaya Ration Card.
This was decided in a high level meeting chaired by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel through video conferencing on Saturday.
Briefing about the decision taken in the meeting and vaccination campaign, health minister TS Singh Deo said “There was a problem in starting the vaccination due to the low availability of vaccines. In the meeting of ministers and officials chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, it was decided that vaccination should be started with whatever vaccines are available. First of all, people in the age group of 18 to 45 years holding Antyodaya Ration Card will be vaccinated. After that, people holding BPL cards will be vaccinated. People with normal (APL) cards will be vaccinated later.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had written a letter to the Prime Minister demanding priority for the socio-economically weaker sections in vaccination.
The health minister said that 1.5 lakh doses of the vaccine will reach by air at 11.30 am. The vaccine will arrive at Depo at 12 o'clock. We will try to start vaccination by reaching as many districts as possible tomorrow. The plan is to start vaccination in the districts of Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur divisions from tomorrow. Vaccination in Bastar and Surguja divisions will start from May 2. Initially, 800 doses are being sent in each block and 2300 doses are being sent to the municipal corporations. All collectors have been asked to prepare for the same.
Deo added that separate centers will be set up for vaccination of people in the age group of 18 to 45 years. These will be separate from the Vaccination Center for people over 45 years of age. There is no need to register on the CoWin portal for the vaccination campaign starting tomorrow in Chhattisgarh. For this, they have to take ration card and Aadhaar. In addition to keeping a record of the vaccine registers, the date of vaccination and other entries will be recorded on the ration card. It will also record the possible date for the second dose of the vaccine. The police have been directed to allow entry of only Antyodaya ration card holders to the vaccination center.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that Antyodaya family is the poorest part of the society. These families have not access to mobile facilities and there is also a network problem in remote areas. Mobile number is mandatory for registration in the central government's CoWin app. The state government is preparing its own system for vaccination of 18 years to 45 years of Antyodaya families. Separate software is being made for this.